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UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Working Papers

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Working Papers aim to stimulate discussion and critical comment on the broad range of economic, social and environmental issues associated with the United Nations Development Agenda.

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Role of Media in Curbing Corruption

The Case of Uganda under President Yoweri K. Museveni During the “No-Party” System

Free, independent and hard-hitting media can play an important role in curbing corruption. Media in Uganda has enjoyed considerable freedom in this regard since Museveni came to power in 1986. The evolving power structure and a changing media landscape, however, have presented both challenges and opportunities for media’s watchdog role on corruption. This paper will explore how this environment defined such role between 1986 and 2006 during Museveni’s “no-party” rule. It argues that, although media won important battles to promote accountability in public offices, the regime’s complex power structure has consistently challenged their role as an instrument of public accountability.

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Keywords: media, corruption, press freedom, governance, rule of law
JEL: H11: Public Economics / Structure and Scope of Government / Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government; K40: Law and Economics / Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior / Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior: General; D73: Microeconomics / Analysis of Collective Decision-Making / Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption; D83: Microeconomics / Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty / Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness; D72: Microeconomics / Analysis of Collective Decision-Making / Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior; D82: Microeconomics / Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty / Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design; L82: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Services / Entertainment; Media; D81: Microeconomics / Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty / Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
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